New community initiative for Connacht Rugby

John Muldoon (Connacht captain), Darren Murray (Little Brother), Paul Tannian (National Manager BBBS), John Burke (Big Brother), and Eric Elwood (Connacht head coach).

John Muldoon (Connacht captain), Darren Murray (Little Brother), Paul Tannian (National Manager BBBS), John Burke (Big Brother), and Eric Elwood (Connacht head coach).

Connacht Rugby is set to welcome some new supporters to the Sportsground this season.

As part of a new community initiative, Connacht Rugby has added its support to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity, presenting the charity with two family season tickets for the season which is set to open on Saturday when Connacht hosts the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Connacht Rugby head coach Eric Elwood said: “We are delighted to present these tickets to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity. Connacht Rugby is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to interact with the community and this is a very deserving cause. We look forward to welcoming all the volunteers to the Sportsground over the course of the season.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring programme that matches an adult volunteer to a young person (10 to 18 years ) to promote the positive development of the young person. They meet once a week for a year and together they decide on the type of activities that they would like to do, including watching/playing rugby/football, having a chat, listening to music, playing sport, or going for a walk.

Alan Quinn, project officer with the Galway office, says: “ We are delighted that Connacht Rugby has sponsored us with a number of season tickets for our volunteers and their "littles" to use throughout the year. We have no doubt they will be among the loudest and most enthusiastic supporters of Connacht Rugby throughout the new campaign and we look forward to strengthening the already good relationship we have with the club in the future."

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